|Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Táiwn Táoyuán Gúojì Jchng
|Owner||Government of the Republic of China|
|Operator||Taoyuan International Airport Corporation|
|Serves||Northern Taiwan (Taipei)|
|Location||Dayuan, Taoyuan, Taiwan|
|Focus city for|
|Elevation AMSL||33 m / 108 ft|
Sources: Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communications
|Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport|
|Chiang Kai-shek International Airport|
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (IATA: TPE, ICAO: RCTP) is an international airport serving the capital city of Taipei, Taiwan, and the northern parts of the island. Located about 40 km west of Taipei in Dayuan District, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, the airport is Taiwan's largest airport. It is one of five Taiwanese airports with regular international flights, and is by far the busiest international air entry point amongst them. It is the main international hub for China Airlines and EVA Air.
The airport opened for commercial operations in 1979 and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub, and gateway for destinations in Asia. The airport was formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International Airport (CKS International Airport) until the name was changed on 6 September 2006 to its current name.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is one of two airports that serves Taipei and northern Taiwan; the other, Taipei Songshan Airport, is located within Taipei City limits and served Taipei as its international airport until 1979. Songshan now mainly serves chartered flights, most of which are to and from China (see cross-strait charter), domestic flights, and some international flights to various locations in China (particularly Shanghai Hongqiao), Seoul, Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.
In 2016, Taiwan Taoyuan handled 42.3 million passengers and 2.1 billion kg of freight. The airport was the 11th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passenger numbers, and 6th busiest in terms of international freight traffic in 2015.
The airport, originally planned as Taoyuan International Airport, bore the name of late President Chiang Kai-shek until 2006. In Chinese, its former name was literally "Chung-Cheng (Zhongzheng) International Airport", where Chung-Cheng is the legal given name that Chiang Kai-shek had used since the 1910s. In Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek is associated with the Chinese Nationalist Party or Kuomintang and its many years of one-party authoritarian rule. Local officials in Taoyuan City and members of the Pan-Green Coalition often referred to the hub by the name originally associated with it: "Taoyuan International Airport". News organizations and local residents sometimes combined the two commonly used names as "Taoyuan Chung-Cheng Airport."
The Executive Yuan of then-President Chen Shui-bian's administration officially approved the name Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport for the hub on September 6, 2006. The opposition Kuomintang, which together with its political allies held a one-vote majority in the Legislative Yuan, decried the change and proposed "Taiwan Taoyuan Chiang Kai-shek International Airport" instead. The disagreement, like those affecting the names of the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and other Taiwan landmarks, stands as another manifestation of the trend known as Taiwan localization among pan-Green officials and desinicization by Pan-Blue Coalition. The media in mainland China has always referred to the airport as "Taoyuan International Airport" so as to avoid mentioning Chiang Kai-shek. Despite the name change, the airport is still known as Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) International Airport in all official records of IATA.
In the 1970s, the original airport in Taipei City Taipei Songshan Airport had become overcrowded and could not be expanded due to space limitations. Thus, a new airport was planned to alleviate congestion. The new airport opened (with Terminal 1) on February 26, 1979, as part of the Ten Major Construction Projects pursued by the government in the 1970s. The airport was originally planned under the name Taoyuan International Airport but was later changed to Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in memory of former President Chiang Kai-shek.
The airport is the main hub of China Airlines, the ROC's flag carrier, as well as EVA Air, a private airline established in 1989. Overcrowding of the airport in recent years prompted the construction of Terminal 2, which was opened on July 29, 2000, with half of its gates operational; EVA Air was the first airline to move into Terminal 2. The remaining gates opened on January 21, 2005 for China Airlines. (Making China Airlines the only airline to operate from both terminals.)
The airport has announced construction plans for Terminals 3. In October 2015, the design of British firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, founded by Pritzker Architecture Prize-laureate Richard Rogers, was chosen for the 640,000 square meter Terminal 3. Over 2.3 billion US Dollars will be poured into the project, among the most costly constructions in modern Taiwanese history. The terminal is expected to be opened in 2020 and accommodate 45 million passengers per year, boosting the yearly capacity of the airport to 86 million passengers.
Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport currently has two terminals, which are connected by two, short people movers. The third and fourth terminals are planned, and a rapid transit system currently under construction will link the terminals together underground.
Terminal 1 is the original passenger terminal of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The building was designed by Taiwanese structural engineer Tung-Yen Lin and is based on the main terminal of Washington Dulles International Airport. The five-story, 169,500-m2 terminal, along with the airport, opened in 1979 to relieve the overcrowded Taipei Songshan Airport. All international flights were moved to the airport following the completion of this terminal. Terminal 1 featured 22 gates. A row of 11 gates are located on the north end of the airfield facing the north runway and another row of 11 gates are located on the south end airfield facing the south runway. The two concourses that contained the airplane gates are linked together by a main building that contained the check-in areas, baggage claim, passport immigration areas, and security checkpoint areas. Together they form a giant "H". All gates are equipped with jetways. Gates located at the end of the concourses have one jetlag and also reducing people and gates not located at the end of the concourses have two jetways. The terminal used to be very white in color when it first opened. As the years gradually passed, the façade and color has become more tan and yellow colored due to air pollution in Taipei.
After the completion of Terminal 2, some gates from Terminal 1 were removed to make space for Terminal 2. Currently Terminal 1 has 18 gates. Alphabetical letters were introduced when Terminal 2 was completed. The north concourse is now Concourse A and the south concourse is now Concourse B. Before Terminal 2, gates were numbered from 1 to 22. China Airlines uses Concourse A for the majority of its flights in Terminal 1, while the third largest carrier of the airport, Cathay Pacific, operates most of its flights at Concourse B.
In 2012, the renovation project of the terminal was completed, doubling the floor area, expanding check-in counters, increasing shopping areas and expanding car-parking facilities. Part of the project was the complete redesigning of both the exterior and interior of the terminal.
Terminal 2 opened in 2000 to reduce heavy congestion in the aging Terminal 1. Only the South Concourse had been completed by the time the terminal opened. The South Concourse alone has 10 gates, each with 2 jetways and their own security checkpoints. The North Concourse opened later in 2005, bringing the total number of gates for Terminal 2 to 20 gates; the security checkpoints were moved to a central location in front of the passport control. The 318,000-m2 facility is capable of handling 17 million passengers per year.
The Southern and Northern Concourses are also known as Concourse C and Concourse D, respectively. Terminals 1 and 2 are connected by two short people mover lines, with one from Concourse A to D, and the other from B to C. China Airlines uses Concourse D for the majority of its flights in Terminal 2 while EVA Air uses Concourse C for most of its operations.
Terminal 2 is also currently undergoing an expansion project that will increase the terminal's annual passenger capacity by 5 million people.
Construction of Terminal 3 is part of the expansion project of Taoyuan International Airport. The 640,000 square meter Terminal 3 is designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and is expected to be opened in 2020. The new facilities will accommodate 45 million passengers per year.
Originally part of the expansion project was a new Terminal 4. However, due to the vast amount of constructions, the Ministry of Transportation ordered the airport company to halt the project in order minimize traveller inconvenience.
|AirAsia Japan||NagoyaCentrair (resumes 2 June 2017)||1|
|AirAsia X||Kuala LumpurInternational||1|
|Air Canada||Vancouver (resumes 8 June 2017)||2|
|Air China||BeijingCapital, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, ShanghaiPudong, Wenzhou||2|
|All Nippon Airways
operated by Air Japan
|Cathay Dragon||Hong Kong||1|
|Cathay Pacific||Fukuoka, Hong Kong, NagoyaCentrair, OsakaKansai, SeoulIncheon, TokyoNarita||1|
|Cebu Pacific||Cebu, Manila||1|
|China Airlines||Amsterdam, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Busan, Delhi, Denpasar/Bali, Frankfurt, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, JakartaSoekarnoHatta, Kalibo, Kaohsiung, Koror, Kuala LumpurInternational, Manila, Penang, Phnom Penh, RomeFiumicino, SeoulIncheon, Singapore, Surabaya, Vienna, Yangon||1|
|China Airlines||Auckland, BeijingCapital, Brisbane, Chengdu, Dalian, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hefei, Hiroshima, Honolulu, Kagoshima, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Miyazaki, NagoyaCentrair, Naha, Nanchang, New YorkJFK, OsakaKansai, Qingdao, San Francisco, Sanya, SapporoChitose, ShanghaiPudong, Shenzhen, Shizuoka, Sydney, Takamatsu, TokyoNarita, Toyama, Ürümqi, Vancouver, Weihai, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Xuzhou, Yangzhou, Yantai
Seasonal: Christchurch, Ishigaki
|China Eastern Airlines||Changzhou, Hefei, Huai'an, Kunming, Lanzhou, Lijiang, Nanchang, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, ShanghaiPudong, Taiyuan, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xi'an, Yinchuan||2|
|China Southern Airlines||Changchun, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Harbin, Nanning, ShanghaiPudong, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Yiwu, Zhengzhou||2|
|Delta Air Lines||TokyoNarita (ends 25 May 2017)||2|
|EVA Air||Amsterdam, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, BeijingCapital, Brisbane, Cebu, Chengdu, ChicagoO'Hare, Denpasar/Bali, Fukuoka, Guam, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hakodate, Hangzhou, Hanoi, Harbin, Ho Chi Minh City, Hohhot, Hong Kong, HoustonIntercontinental, Huangshan, JakartaSoekarnoHatta, Jinan, Komatsu, Kuala LumpurInternational, LondonHeathrow, Los Angeles, Macau, Manila, Naha, New YorkJFK, OsakaKansai, ParisCharles de Gaulle, Phnom Penh, San Francisco, SapporoChitose, Seattle/Tacoma, Sendai, SeoulIncheon, ShanghaiPudong, Singapore, Surabaya, Taiyuan, Tianjin, TokyoNarita, TorontoPearson, Vancouver, Vienna, Zhengzhou
Seasonal: Asahikawa, Okayama, Takamatsu
|Far Eastern Air Transport||Da Nang, Harbin, Hefei, Niigata, Shijiazhuang, Yanji, Yinchuan
Charter: Siem Reap
|Hainan Airlines||BeijingCapital, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, Lanzhou, Xi'an||2|
|Hong Kong Airlines||Hong Kong||2|
|Japan Airlines||NagoyaCentrair, OsakaKansai, TokyoNarita||2|
|Jeju Air||Busan, SeoulIncheon||1|
|Jetstar Asia Airways||OsakaKansai, Singapore||1|
|Jetstar Japan||NagoyaCentrair, OsakaKansai, TokyoNarita||1|
|Jetstar Pacific Airlines||Da Nang||1|
|Korean Air||Busan, SeoulIncheon||1|
|Malaysia Airlines||Kota Kinabalu, Kuala LumpurInternational||1|
|Malindo Air||Kota Kinabalu, Kuala LumpurInternational||1|
operated by China Airlines
|Changchun, Changsha, Nanjing, Ningbo, Shenyang, Xiamen, Yancheng, Zhengzhou||2|
|Peach||Naha, OsakaKansai, TokyoHaneda||1|
|Philippine Airlines||Kalibo, Manila, OsakaKansai, Puerto Princesa||1|
|Philippines AirAsia||Cebu, Manila||1|
|Scoot||SapporoChitose, SeoulIncheon, Singapore, TokyoNarita||1|
|Shandong Airlines||Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai||2|
|Shenzhen Airlines||Nanchang, Nanning, Nantong, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuxi||2|
|Spring Airlines||ShanghaiPudong, Shijiazhuang||1|
|Thai Airways||BangkokSuvarnabhumi, SeoulIncheon||1|
|Tigerair Taiwan||BangkokDon Mueang, Busan, Daegu, Fukuoka, Hakodate, Jeju (begins 28 March 2017), OsakaKansai, Macau, NagoyaCentrair, Naha, Okayama, OsakaKansai, Sendai, TokyoHaneda, TokyoNarita||1|
operated by EVA Air
|Chongqing, Dalian, Fuzhou, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, SeoulIncheon, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Xining, Yancheng||2|
|United Airlines||San Francisco||2|
|Vanilla Air||Ho Chi Minh City, Naha, OsakaKansai, TokyoNarita||1|
|VietJet Air||Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City||1|
|Vietnam Airlines||Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City||1|
|Xiamen Air||Changsha, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen||2|
|Air China Cargo||ShanghaiPudong|
|ANA Cargo||Naha, OsakaKansai, TokyoNarita|
|Cargolux||Almaty, Baku, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Beirut, Budapest, Damascus, Ho Chi Minh City, Kuala LumpurInternational, Kuwait, Luxembourg, MilanMalpensa, Novosibirsk, SeoulIncheon, Vienna|
|Cathay Pacific Cargo||Hong Kong, TokyoNarita|
|China Airlines Cargo||Amsterdam, Anchorage, Atlanta, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, Boston, ChicagoO'Hare, Chongqing, Dallas/Fort Worth, Delhi, DubaiAl Maktoum, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, HoustonIntercontinental, JakartaSoekarnoHatta, Kuala LumpurInternational, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Manila, Miami, Nanjing, New YorkJFK, OsakaKansai, Penang, Prague, San Francisco, Seattle/Tacoma, ShanghaiPudong, Shenzhen, Singapore, TokyoNarita, Xiamen, Zhengzhou|
|China Cargo Airlines||ShanghaiPudong, Xiamen|
|China Postal Airlines||Fuzhou|
operated by Air Hong Kong
|Emirates SkyCargo||BangkokSuvarnabhumi, DubaiAl Maktoum|
|EVA Air Cargo||Anchorage, Atlanta, BangkokSuvarnabhumi, ChicagoO'Hare, Chongqing, Dallas/Fort Worth, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Manila, OsakaKansai, Penang, Seattle/Tacoma, ShanghaiPudong, Shenzhen, Singapore, TokyoNarita|
|FedEx Express||Anchorage, Auckland, Clark, Hong Kong, Indianapolis, Memphis, OsakaKansai, Penang, Singapore, TokyoNarita|
|Hong Kong Airlines Cargo||Hong Kong|
|MASkargo||Kuala LumpurInternational, Manila, Kuching|
|Nippon Cargo Airlines||Kitakyushu, SeoulIncheon, TokyoNarita|
|Polar Air Cargo||Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, NagoyaCentrair, SeoulIncheon, TokyoNarita|
|SF Airlines||Ningbo, Shenzhen|
|UPS Airlines||Anchorage, Clark, Cologne/Bonn, Louisville, Mumbai, SeoulIncheon|
|Yangtze River Express||Guangzhou|
|Operations and Statistics|
|Cargo (current)||1.7m tonnes|
|Rank||City||Passengers||% Change 2016 / 15||Airport||Passengers||Carriers 2016 (largest carrier bolded)|
|1||Hong Kong||6,775,855||-1.6%||Hong Kong||6,775,855||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair), EVA Air, Hong Kong Airlines|
|2||Tokyo||3,060,138||+16.6%||Narita||2,882,000||All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Delta, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Japan, Scoot, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, Vanilla Air|
|Haneda||178,138||Tigerair Taiwan, V Air, Peach|
|3||Osaka||2,750,420||+17.8%||Kansai||2,750,420||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Japan Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airways, Jetstar Japan, Peach, Philippine Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, V Air, Vanilla Air|
|4||Seoul||2,181,632||+52.0%||Incheon||2,181,632||Asiana, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Eastar Jet, EVA Air, Jeju Air, Jin Air, Korean Air, Mandarin Airlines, Scoot, Thai Airways, Uni Air|
|5||Shanghai||1,781,930||-0.1%||Pudong||1,781,930||Air China, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, EVA Air, Juneyao Airlines, Spring Airlines, TransAsia Airways|
|6||Singapore||1,683,591||+3.1%||Singapore||1,683,591||China Airlines, EVA Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, Tigerair Taiwan|
|7||Bangkok||1,657,848||+9.5%||Suvarnabhumi||1,341,365||China Airlines, EVA Air, Thai Airways|
|Don Mueang||316,483||NokScoot, Tigerair Taiwan, V Air|
|8||Macau||1,298,951||+9.7%||Macau||1,298,951||Air Macau, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, TransAsia Airways, V Air|
|9||Manila||1,085,474||+28.9%||Manila||1,085,474||AirAsia Philippines, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, KLM, Philippine Airlines, V Air|
|10||Ho Chi Minh City||1,055,157||+19.3%||Ho Chi Minh City||1,055,157||China Airlines, EVA Air, Uni Air, Vanilla Air, Vietjet Air, Vietnam Airlines|
|11||Los Angeles||1,029,268||+7.6%||Los Angeles||1,029,268||China Airlines, EVA Air|
|12||Naha||929,191||+27.9%||Naha||929,191||China Airlines, EVA Air, Peach, Tigerair Taiwan, Transasia Airways, V Air, Vanilla Air|
|13||Kuala LumpurInternational||914,063||+10.8%||Kuala LumpurInternational||914,063||Air Asia X, China Airlines, EVA Air, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air|
|14||San Francisco||825,017||+3.1%||San Francisco||825,017||China Airlines, EVA Air, United Airlines|
|15||Fukuoka||788,096||+7.9%||Fukuoka||788,096||Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, EVA Air, Tigerair Taiwan, V Air|
|Rank||Carrier||Passenger 2016||% Change 2015 / 16||Passenger 2015|
|6||China Southern Airlines||976,752||+9.3%||1,076,936|
|7||China Eastern Airlines||938,738||-0.6%||944,459|
|9||Hong Kong Airlines||744,862||+5.2%||708,140|
|Rank||Country||Passengers 2016||% Change 2016 / 15||Passengers 2015|
The airport is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, a company wholly owned by the Government of Taiwan. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is responsible for the provision of air traffic control services, certification of Taiwan registered aircraft, and the regulation of general civil aviation activities.
The airport has two parallel runways, with one 3660 meters in length and another 3800 meters in length and both 60 meters wide, enabling them to cater to the next generation of aircraft. Both runways have been given a Category II Precision Approach, which allows pilots to land in only 350-metre visibility. The two runways have an ultimate capacity of over 60 aircraft movements an hour. The Airport is upgrading ATC and runways.
There are 41 frontal stands at the main passenger concourse, 15 remote stands and 25 cargo stands. In 2015, the airport was the 11th busiest airport worldwide in terms of international passenger numbers, and 6th busiest in terms of international freight traffic.
The operation of scheduled air services to and from Taoyuan is facilitated by air services agreements between Taiwan and other countries. Since the opening of RCTP, the Taiwan Government has implemented a policy of progressive liberalisation of air services with the intention of promoting consumer choice and competition. Many low-cost airlines have started various regional routes to compete head-on with full-service carriers on trunk routes.
The airport's long term expansion opportunities are subject to variables. A NTD 300 billion proposal to build a third runway and a third terminal has been under feasibility study and consultation. However, building a new runway would be very expensive as it would involve a huge compensation for acquiring land.
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Transportation between Terminal 1 and 2 is provided by the TTIA Skytrain, a driverless people mover system. The train transports both passengers who have cleared security and those who have not through separate train cars.
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Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport finished developing the airports business travel center in late 2011. The facility is a three-story building located between the first and second terminals. Business travelers paying to use the travel center can drive into the airports restricted zone and park their cars directly in front of the building. This allows business travelers to arrive at the airport much closer to the actual departure time versus arriving two hours before departure time like most regular international passengers are required to do. The business center is equipped with over 15 isolated areas allowing travelers to eat their meals without any distractions or disruptions. The facility also includes a spa, sauna, and gymnasium that are available for use by travelers. However, all of these luxuries come with a one-time price tag of $8,000. Travelers who wish to use the facility must make reservations at least three days in advance. Statistics showed that 376 private jets landed and departed the airport through a six-month timeframe in 2011; this is a 100 percent increase from the same time frame in 2010
Huan Yu VIP Terminal, also known as the Taoyuan Business Aviation Centre (TYBAC), began service in September 2011 and was officially opened in mid-October 2011. The three-story facility will have its own terminal and facilities separate from the public terminals. It will provide a multimedia conference room, passenger lounge, private rooms and showers, spa, sauna, gym, and business centre facilities. Other services that will be provided include ground handling, baggage handling, fuelling, security, customs and flight planning. Passengers planning to utilize TYBAC must sign up (to the Taiwanese immigration service) 3 days before use.
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The handling and transportation of mail, passenger baggage, cargo, and the operation of aerobridges and passenger stairways in Taoyuan Airport is provided by Taoyuan International Airport Services Limited (TIAS) and Evergreen Airline Services (EGAS).
TTIA currently handles over 1.5 million tonnes of cargo annually. There are two air cargo terminals in the airport: one operated by Taiwan Air Cargo Terminals Limited and the other operated by Evergreen Air Cargo Services.
China Airlines Engineering and Maintenance Organization (CALEMO) and Evergreen Aviation Technologies (EGAT) both offers maintenance services at the airport. With its huge base, CALEMO, with a market share of over 75%, can offer maintenance service of 5 huge airliners, ex. Boeing 747, at a time or 3 Boeing 747s and another Airbus A330 at a time. In addition, EGAT is capable of aircraft conversion programs, such as the Dreamlifter program.
Frequent buses link the airport to Taipei, Taoyuan District, Zhongli District, Taichung, Banqiao, Changhua, and THSR's Taoyuan Station. Bus terminals are present at both terminals.
Taxi queues are outside the arrival halls of both terminals and are available 24 hours a day. They are metered and subject to a 15-percent surcharge.
China Airlines has its headquarters, CAL Park (Chinese: ; pinyin: Huáháng Yuánq), on the grounds of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. CAL Park, located at the airport entrance forms a straight line with Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and the future Terminal 3.
Located adjacent to the Aviation Museum and the convention center is the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, which opened in November 2009. The 360-room hotel is equipped with restaurants, recreation and fitness centers, and a hair salon and spa.
The Chung Cheng Aviation Museum (Chinese: ) is located in the south-eastern area of the airport between the main freeway entrance and the terminals. It was built in 1981 by Boeing under CAA contract. Many retired Republic of China Air Force fighters are represented here. Its purpose is to preserve aviation history and provide public understanding of the civil aviation industry. It is now currently closed due to the expansion and construction of the new Terminal 3.
Taoyuan International Airport is undergoing major facility-upgrading and expansion plans. While the South runway (05R/23L) just completed its renovation in January 2015, construction started at the North runway (05L/23R) in March 2015. The runway renovations involve upgrading the runway to Category III and improving the surface conditions. On the other hand, two Terminal 2 gates, C2 and D6, had additional jet bridges installed to accommodate the A380 aircraft. After the runway and jetbridge upgrades, the airport will be able to allow regular A380 operations, with likely carriers being Emirates, China Southern and Singapore Airlines.
The Taoyuan International Airport MRT is undergoing trial runs and is due to be fully operational from 2nd March 2017. The MRT will offer two types of services: Express and Commuter. The Express trains will allow travellers to arrive at the airport from Taipei Main Station within 35 minutes. Service frequency will be one train every 5 minutes and the price will be around 200NTD. Check-in services will be offered at major stations, including Taipei Main Station. Luggage check-in service will also be offered and the trains will transport the luggage directly to the airport.
Also underway are the Terminal 3, satellite terminal, and third runway plans. Terminal 3 will be designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and have an annual capacity of 45 million passengers. Specific plans for the satellite terminal have not been announced. The third runway is expected to be completed by 2025.
The master plan of the airport is the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project, an urban plan aimed at creating an industrial area surrounding Taoyuan Airport. The aerotropolis will take advantage of the competitive local infrastructure to attract developments and help stimulate economic growth. The total area, including the "yolk" airport area and the "white" area, will exceed 6845 hectares. The Terminal 3 and third runway plans are all part of the "yolk" area projects. The official year of completion is 2023. However, due to land resumption controversies, the estimated year may be delayed.
With the amount of passengers rising beyond anticipation, the Ministry of Transportation has planned an expansion project for Terminal 2, increasing its capacity by 5 million passengers per year.
In October 2015, it was announced that Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners won the bid to design the 640,000 square meters terminal. Structures will include a processor (main terminal building), two concourses, and a multi-function building to connect the terminal with Terminal 2. The processor will have a wave-like roof structure, from which lights will be hung and move up-and-down to reflect the flow of passengers. Terminal 3 is expected to be completed in 2020 and will be able to handle at most 45 million passengers per year, thus increasing the overall yearly capacity of the airport to 86 million passengers.
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